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Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant to join Tampa General Hospital board

Tampa restaurateur Richard Gonzmart will join the governing board of Tampa General Hospital in October.

Gonzmart is president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, and is known for the Columbia eatery and two relatively new concepts, Goody Goody Burgers in Hyde Park Village and Ulele along Tampa's RiverWalk in Tampa Heights. Gonzmart's company has a collection 13 restaurants throughout the state.

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Gonzmart joins a slew of other high-profile business owners and community leaders on the coveted Tampa General board of directors, such as Oxford Exchange owner, Blake J. Casper and Kathleen Shanahan, a private businesswoman who formerly served as chief of staff to Gov. Jeb Bush. The board's chairman is John Touchton Jr., principal of the investment firm, Bayshore Capital Advisors.

Tampa General Hospital is the only Level 1 trauma center on the West Coast of Florida, and also serves as the region's only center for comprehensive burn care. The 1,010-bed hospital is the primary teaching facility for the University of South Florida's Morsani College of Medicine and is one of the nation's busiest adult organ transplant centers.